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Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

From June 17 to July 29, we will feature artist Sarah Fetterman, a welder and woodworker, with collaborators Hannah Simmons, a digital artist who utilizes coding and dance, and Jack Christoforo, a software designer. Past Selves is a multi-sensory experience through performance and technology with an additive memory arc that runs through the 6-week exhibit.

In Past Selves performances, Simmons will be covered in flour and her movement in the gallery recorded via black tar paper on the walls. As she moves, a white powdery shadow of her body is left in her wake, the flour capturing the back of a leg leading to the ghost of her foot’s arch and the curve of her shoulder as she turns.

At an angle to the performance, a viewer interacts by inserting both elbows into bronze armrests and the natural conductivity of the human body completes the circuit between skin and sculpture, activating a camera to record the performance and room. 

By recording viewings, a memory is generated which is continually overwritten. Simmons’ software layers each recorded “memory” over the previous recordings to form a single ghostly record. With each performance, Simmons’ repetitive actions will meld into previous ones, stabilizing her presence in memory and video recording. The final recording revealing only the blackness of the walls and the flour traces, with a jacket sleeve here, a peering neck there—blurring back to the unseen beginning. The oil from skin transforms the bronze with a patina, storing the memory of the individual in the material of the sculpture as well.

The team's premiere performance of Past Selves on Saturday, June 17 at 4pm will be a private and exclusive event with light hors d'oeuvres and a refreshing beverage courtesy of Sparkle Donkey Tequila for donors at the $100 level and above.  Donate now and make sure you are a part of this unique event! 

A second public presentation of this contemporary art event will be held on Thursday, July 6 from 6-9pm. Join us during artwalk in July for a second performance by Simmons at 7pm.

Sarah Fetterman: A Seattle-based welder and woodworker, Fetterman is a multidisciplinary performative sculptor with a focus on interactive, contemporary art experiences. Since graduating from Bennington College in2014, she has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2016 Pratt Award and an upcoming Vermont Studio Art Awards Residency, as well as an International Residency in Can Serrat, Barcelona in 2018.

Hannah Simmons: Boston native, Seattle-based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Mathematics and Dance. Before migrating to Seattle, Hannah was a company member with José Mateo Ballet Theatre (Boston) and had the privilege of spending several months with The Forsythe Company (Frankfurt, Germany) through an educational exchange. She currently performs with Seattle-based companies Coriolis Dance and House of Verlaine. Hannah has also performed with Anna Conner + Co, PE|Mo, and Daniel Roberts, among others. Her choreographic work has been supported by Velocity’s Bridge Project, Arts Incubator at Cornish Playhouse, and Artist Trust.

Jack Christoforo: Seattle-based software developer. As the technical collaborator, he wrote the code for Past Selves as well as designed and implemented the hardware and interactive controls. Christoforo began learning code the summer after 8th grade. He graduated UVM in2012 with a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Chinese. Christoforo is currently an after school teacher at Creative Coding Camps for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Calendar Listing:

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

Private event: Premiere performance on June 17 at 4pm for donors at $100+.

Opening reception and performance on Thursday, July 6, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Exhibition opens to public June 22 and runs through July 29.


Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.